Illinois DUI Laws

Charged with a DUI in Illinois? Contact a DUI Attorney to get answers!


Recently, legislators beefed up the DUI laws in Illinois. The drunk driving laws now carry increased penalties, including fines and jail time. Offenders may even be required to use ignition interlock devices on their cars.

Changing laws and strict penalties are two good reasons why you may want to contact a DUI attorney if you have been arrested for DUI in Illinois. An DUI attorney in Illinois can answer your questions about how the new laws may affect your case. You need to make good decisions right now because the consequences could be lasting.

To contact an attorney near you, simply fill out the FREE case evaluation form on this page, or call 877-349-1311.

The penalties for DUI in Illinois are strict. If you refuse a Breathalyzer you could face a twelve-month suspended license and be ineligible to hold a commercial driver's license.

Illinois DUI Penalties

First DUI Conviction:

  • 1 year driver's license suspension
  • Maximum 12 month jail sentence
  • 100 hours community service
  • Maximum $2,500 in fines

Second DUI Conviction (within 5 years):

  • Minimum 5 year driver's license suspension
  • Minimum five-day jail sentence or 240 hours of community service
  • Possible 12 month jail sentence
  • Installation of ignition interlock device
  • Maximum $2,500 in fines

Third DUI Conviction (Aggravated DUI):

  • Minimum 10 year driver's license suspension
  • Minimum 10-day jail sentence or 480 hours of community service
  • Possible 3-7 year jail sentence
  • Installation of ignition interlock device
  • Maximum of $25,000 in fines

Breath Test Refusal Penalties:

  • 12 month driver's license suspension
  • Ineligible to hold a commercial driver's license
  • Each additional refusal: Three-year driver's license suspension

Increased Penalties for a BAC of .16 or Over?

  • YES

Multiple Convictions Charged as Felonies?

  • YES

Ask an Illinois DUI Attorney About Your Options

An Illinois attorney who handles DUIs might answer questions you have about Illinois laws and how they apply to your case. To speak with a DUI attorney near you today, fill out the free case evaluation form on this page or call us, toll free, at 877-349-1311.

Note: Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on these DUI laws, speak to a local DUI lawyer in the state.

The Illinois DUI penalty list is by no means all-inclusive. DUI penalties may vary based on a variety of factors, including your prior driving record.

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